Health & Medicine

Driving research and discovery of better treatments for modern illnesses and conditions

Turning Lemons Into a Fundraising Legacy

A little girl from Wynnewood, PA had a simple idea that would inspire the world.

At the age of six, Alexandra Scott launched Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the Philadelphia Foundation to try to find a cure for the cancer she was enduring. Her efforts started with a front yard lemonade stand two years earlier, and soon families across the country joined her in fundraising for cancer research, one glass at a time. Within the first year, the fund raised over $1 million and the Philadelphia Foundation awarded grants to children’s hospitals and cancer research centers across the United States. Though Alex passed away at the age of eight, she left behind a legacy of hope for children with cancer.

Chasing Treatments for Incurable Diseases

A physician’s family legacy funds critical research for years to come.

The Brody Family Medical Trust Fund was established by Sara Brody in memory of her brother, Dr. Louis Brody, a police surgeon and a family practitioner. Today, the prestigious fellowships provide funding for full-time postdoctoral fellows in the early stages of their research into cutting-edge treatments for diseases that have a substantial societal impact and for which no consistently effective cure currently exists. Past recipients have studied inherited blindness, ALS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Type I diabetes and more.

Swinging for a Cure for Cancer

Four golfers set out to make the biggest impact possible on the longest day of the year.

The Longest Day of Golf Fund fights cancer through contributions from an annual golf tournament. For more than 20 years, a foursome has played a marathon day of golf (120 holes!) around the summer solstice, with sponsorships used to fight cancer. Through the Longest Day of Golf Fund, this annual golf tournament fights cancer. Each golfer recommends grants to the nonprofits most important to him, which have included the American Cancer Society, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.